Syria has recently condemned the statement of U.S. President Donald Trump’s abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights. Also The European Union and countries like Egypt and Russia also rejected the overture.
A Foreign Ministry statement on Friday said that Trump’s comments confirm “the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity, referring to Israel. And added that Trump’s statement won’t change the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian.”
The Foreign Ministry in Damascus said Trump’s statement confirms the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity, referring to Israel, and added that it won’t change “the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian.”
The EU said it again on Friday that its position has not changed despite Trump’s overture.
“The European Union, in line with international law, does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including the Golan Heights and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory,” an EU spokesperson told Reuters.
Trump’s administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Last week, in its annual human rights report, the State Department dropped the phrase Israeli occupied from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it Israeli controlled.
A senior administration official told Reuters on Friday that U.S. officials are preparing a document to codify recognition of Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights. The official added that Trump is likely to sign the presidential document when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington next week.